July 1, 2020

Today you should read: Jeremiah 25:15-38

The end of Jeremiah 25 is all about God’s wrath which often gets a bad wrap. That’s because we live in a day and age where we have set ourselves as the judge and God’s Holy character and righteousness has been put on trial.

“How can a loving God send people to hell?”

“Why does God punish people for their sin?”

Or in the case for today’s scripture… “How can God be so angry?”

With such illustrations as treading grapes in a vineyard or imagery such as one rolling in the dead’s ashes, one could question the purpose of God’s wrath.

But we should be reminded that God’s wrath is overall just. Like J.I. Packer said in his classic “Knowing God” 

God’s wrath in the Bible is never the capricious, self-indulgent, irritable, morally ignoble thing that human anger so often is. It is, instead, a right and necessary reaction to objective moral evil”

God’s wrath is also His love in action against sin. His wrath was just as present in the cross of Jesus when he took our punishment and sin upon Himself as it was in Jeremiah 25 toward those who sinned against God. God’s love and justice are two sides of the same coin that glorify Him. His wrath is ultimately satisfied in Christ and that two sided coin is most evident in the Gospel.

By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor


God is honored when we intentionally seek Him in prayer. As a church, we want dependent prayer to be something that marks us. Use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.

June 30, 2020

Today you should read: Jeremiah 25:1-14

I have faithfully passed them on to you, but you have not listened.

4 “Again and again the Lord has sent you his servants, the prophets, but you have not listened or even paid attention. 5 Each time the message was this: ‘Turn from the evil road you are traveling and from the evil things you are doing. Only then will I let you live in this land that the Lord gave to you and your ancestors forever. 6 Do not provoke my anger by worshiping idols you made with your own hands. Then I will not harm you.’

7 “But you would not listen to me,” says the Lord. “You made me furious by worshiping idols you made with your own hands, bringing on yourselves all the disasters you now suffer. (v. 3-7)

These verses are such a good reminder for us today!

1. God has given us a great option to hear from Him: His Word. If you ever struggle to hear the voice of God, simply pray for God to give you wisdom and open God’s Word to hear His voice. Sometimes it’s helpful to have godly friends, pastors, or counselors who can help you understand what God’s Word says about particular problems, but the answers are found in His Word. We must simply have a heart that is willing to trust and obey God no matter what.

2. Repenting from worshipping things other than God should be a consistent discipline for us. In a fallen world, in which we still struggle with sin and Satan, we need to have a clear vision of repenting of our sin, entrusting the power of the gospel to renew our minds, and for grace to put on the godliness that has already been purchased for us in Christ. The goal expressed in Ephesians 4:21-23 is simple:

22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

The hope is that the gospel would change us to no longer desire selfish or worldly things, but to be satisfied in God in all things. 

By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Associate


God is honored when we intentionally seek Him in prayer. As a church, we want dependent prayer to be something that marks us. Use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.

June 29, 2020

Today you should read: Jeremiah 24

I will give them hearts that recognize me as the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me wholeheartedly.  Jeremiah 24:7

Everything we have has been given to us by our Heavenly Father.  Everything… and He’s a good giver!

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.  James 1:17

Our hearts are naturally bent away from God – there’s nothing good in us that would desire Him.

All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way…Isaiah 53:6

There is none righteous, not even one.  There is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God.  Romans 3:10-11

God is the one who gives us a heart to seek Him and the ability to recognize Him as Lord.  He’s the one who calls us to be His people.  Aren’t you thankful today for God’s unfailing love and kindness toward you?  It’s overwhelming to think about…

He Initiates It

He Supports It

He Finishes It

All glory and honor to Him alone!

By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor


God is honored when we intentionally seek Him in prayer. As a church, we want dependent prayer to be something that marks us. Use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.

June 27, 2020

Today you should read: Jeremiah 23:9-40

Yesterday we saw a clear prophesy of the One who would claim David’s throne. “He shall reign as a king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land” (Jer 23:5). This prophecy stands in sharp contrast with today’s passage as we deal with prophets and religious leaders who do not deal wisely, who do not execute justice, and who are anything but righteous. 

In verse 14, the Lord said that the prophets not only lie, but “they give encouragement to people who are doing evil, with the result that they do not stop their evildoing. I consider all of them as bad as the people of Sodom, and the citizens of Jerusalem as bad as the people of Gomorrah.” Because of this wickedness God called Jeremiah to come preach destruction. But, before the echo of his words fade, these false prophets are coming behind him to preach “false hope” (v 16), saying “It will be well with you” (v 17). As one commentator wrote, “These pseudo-seers opposed Jeremiah’s declaration of doom (cf. 6:13–14; 8:10–11; 14:14–16; 28:1–4, 10–11; 29:8–9, 20–23, 31–32) and offered in its place a promise of peace.”

The Lord rhetorically asks, “How long shall there be lies in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart?” (v 26) He concludes, “Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let him who has my word speak my word faithfullyIs not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” (v 28a, 29) 

Verses 33–40 declare condemnation on these false prophets. The Lord commanded them to stop prophesying. Depending on what translation you use, you’ll see a repeated word or “burden” or “message.” This might be a bit of wordplay because the words “oracle” and “burden” are homonyms in Hebrew. The word used his is “burden” and I think the NET spells out the meaning well, such as in verse 36, “You must no longer say that the Lord’s message is burdensome. For what is ‘burdensome’ really pertains to what a person himself says. You are misrepresenting the words of our God, the living God, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”

After we read the description of where the religious leaders were in the days of Jeremiah, that picture of the Messiah from the first few verses of chapter 23 looks even better, right? Unfortunately, on this side of the Cross of Christ, there are many believers and religious leaders that are described by every single word in Jeremiah 23:9–40—believers and pastors who fail to call sinful things sin, people who focus so much on the “bright side” that their theology doesn’t have room for suffering, those who set aside the Word of God because the “truth” of their own hearts is more convincing. Let this not describe us. 

While studying Job a while back I re-read Job 13:4–5 where Job says of his friends, As for you, you whitewash with lies; worthless physicians are you all. Oh that you would keep silent, and it would be your wisdom!” This became a warning for me anytime I speak for the Lord or assume His character. If I say, “The Lord is like this,” I better be right or else I too am a “worthless physician.” God is not who I make Him to be, He is as He has revealed Himself to be—let us not declare anything more or anything less. 

By: Tyler Short — Connections Ministry Associate


God is honored when we intentionally seek Him in prayer. As a church, we want dependent prayer to be something that marks us. Use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.